Macron, Biden to speak in ’next few days’ amid diplomatic squabble

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Joe Biden will have a phone call in the coming days to discuss the escalating diplomatic crisis stemming from Australia’s cancellation of a billion-euro submarine deal with France.

French government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced on TV station BFMTV that the discussion would take place “in the next few days” at Biden’s request.

Paris is furious at Washington over a landmark military pact between the U.S., the U.K. and Australia that prompted Canberra to axe a €50 billion-plus contract with France’s Naval Group to build a fleet of submarines. France has since recalled its ambassadors to Australia and the U.S. in protest.


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